The topic is unavoidable, and should not be avoided. It seems an impossible task to articulate the magnitude of the Indian Ocean Earthquakes, or the devastation that has accompanied it. This is but a mere effort to acknowledge the effects of this natural disaster and its impact on the world.
Numbers are funny things. They can carry so much meaning, or be passed by without even a second glance.
These numbers represent the following respectively: Date of the Indian Ocean Earthquake, magnitude, length of the tectonic plate affected, height of some waves, speed in km/h of some waves, confirmed deaths at time of writing this article (surely to be added to), amount of money raised for relief fund from R4NT?s NYE party.
Most of us have likely spent a fair bit of time thinking about the Indian Ocean Earthquake. Rationalizing the situation is an impossibility. X amount of time has been spent grieving lost ones, reading about these events, wondering, pondering, reminiscing on trips to places that are in shambles. Especially at New Year?s, we all tend to do an evaluation of our lives, how the past year went, resolutions for the year to come, and surely this event has entered into our shaping of these thoughts. I am lost for words to really do this topic any justice. I do, however, feel that it is an appreciated effort that most of us are taking the time to stop to reflect on the situation.
?Cars, and phones, and diamond rings, bling bling. Those are only removable things. And what about your mind, does it shine? Or are there things that concern you more than your time?,? Jack Johnson, ?Gone?.
If there were ever a time to feel fragile, human, disgusted by being consumed with meaningless materialistic items and goals, it would be now. While I am not a stranger to death and dying, the impact of this magnitude is something felt never before. The largest ever human disaster. We were a part of it. We are living this piece of history. We can be hopeful that through all our pensive moments that something meaningful comes of it. May it stop the blindness of our society. Feel it. Do not pass this event by and let it unchange the way you see humanity.
A sincere thank-you to everyone who donated to the relief fund.
Best wishes to everyone for 2005.
You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth. Shira Tehrani
- by Pamela Hruska
- Published on January 1st, 2005
More from Pamela Hruska:
Nik at night used to play hour after hour of Get Smart. Sure the show was cheesy, but I was young, and used to dedicate time to it anyway. The test? Is a resurrection going to be a blaring reminder that I had horrifically bad taste once upon a day? Well, if you never liked …
When one thinks of Toronto, the image of the CN tower is surely a forerunner. Boasted as ‘Canada’s Wonder of the World’, it is an impressive 553.33m high tower that is the heart of Canada’s telecommunications. It is situated in the down town core of Toronto and is an attraction for millions of …
springseven: shaking confinements
It is amazing that this sphere of electonica is constantly changing, coming up with reinvented ways of naming conventions applied to new sounds. One year later we noticed a big change in the styles and sounds we heard. It had evolved.
Let’s get to the fundamentals; there are blood, guts, ripped abs, and hot women throughout. The twists? Apparently feminism was alive and strong in 480 BC where women could shank men. And cross-dressing, at that time, seemed acceptable in Persia. Who knew?!
New Zealand: Head Over Heels!
After being lost, tired, hungry, staying in a circa 1900’s prison cell like hostel, and quite affected by the stench – my friend and I took on one last adventure on our way south..
What the Squash?
After falling head over heels for butternut squash (I think it looks like beaker off the Muppets without facial characteristics), I moved into exploring the rest of the squash bin!
Other recent features:
Sónar 2010 – Barcelona, Spain
The festival attracts a lot of outsiders, but the Mediterranean, Spanish and more specifically Catalan nature of the people makes the festival what it is. Catalan people are passionate and this passion is infectious. The atmosphere is electric in Barcelona as a city and heightened by music and intoxicants at Sónar.
Summer Party Naval Styles at Seven RestoLounge
Oysters, like wine are affected by terroir and these Miyagi’s flavor profiles ranged with one showing a cleaner, almost tropical profile and the other being more salty, marine driven. As I was devouring the seemingly endless plates put in front of us, I sipped on a glass of fine sauvignon blanc.
R4NT Radio March 2010
R4NT Radio March 2010 um wow it’s been far too long since the last edition edition, featuring: Hector Hernandez, The Infesticons, Blockhead, Gramatik, Emika, Thunderheist, Parov Stelar, Eddy Meets Yannah, Anti-Pop Consortium, The Slew, Lighterthief, Andreya Triana, Parasyte Woman, Mathon, Venetian Snares, and Funki Porcini.
O Restaurant & Lounge revisited
Calgary has a diverse set of urban communities, most of which have the ubiquitous strip mall watering hole. In the South West community of Marda Loop, a reinvention of this paradigm has been established.
Predictions 2010.. and beyond!
So 2010 eh? Almost but not quite (no year zero they say) another decade? It seems like just yesterday that the world was waiting for Y2K. R4NT started publishing in March 2001, so we’re not quite 10 years old yet, but in internet years we are already a senior citizen.
No matter what, the reality of Nelson Mandela is something that deserves screen time. Should this film even remotely intrigue the masses to take interest in this figure, the world would likely benefit greatly from it.